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How To Make Money Writing Poetry Part 1: Make Money from Your Poetry Blog

Updated on March 23, 2012

Introduction To Make Money Writing Poetry Series

Most poets assume that they cannot make money from writing poetry. Thus, they toil away expecting no monetary return for their labor. However with a little entrepreneurship and creativity you can make money from your poetry. In this hub series I share with you tips on how to make money writing poetry. All of the money making tips outlined in this hub series are free to implement, so basically I will tell you how you can make money for free the only thing you will need to invest is your time and creative energy. However, time is not really free after all you get paid to go to work and that is how you should think about your poetry if you intend to make money from it. The money making tips outlined in this hub series also involve making money online therefore, you will need access to the internet. In part one of the series I will discuss how to make money blogging and writing poetry. The other sections of the make money writing poetry series will deal with how to earn money writing poetry on HubPages and Squidoo and how to make money selling poetry products, such as poetry gifts and greeting cards. Right, now that we have the fundamentals out of the way here is part one of the hub series on how to make money writing poetry.

Section One: How to Set Up A Free Poetry Blog

As mentioned previously we are only going to use free resources. If you have money to spare then you may want to start out with a Wordpress blog and pay for hosting. However, if you are short on money then you can set up a poetry blog on Blogger.com which is free of charge. Most people are scared off from blogging by the technical aspects however, blogger.com is extremely user-friendly and you do not need any HTML skills to use it. They also have an extensive help section. I was able to set up a poetry blog with zero HTML skills so have no fear if you are a technophobe. Now before you rush off to set up your blog you will want to keep a few things in mind:

  1. Have At Least Five Prepared Blog Posts: You should have a collection of poems that you can use as your first few blog posts. I recommend having at least five blog posts to put up. Based on my prior research a good rule of thumb is to do three blog posts within the first 24 hours of setting up your blog. Do not get overwhelmed it is easy to come up with three blog posts, each poem can be one or you can do a brief introductory write-up or even post a scenic image as one of your blog posts. After that the frequency of posting will depend on you, most people initially do at least two or three blog posts a week. Personally, I do about one blog post a week on one of my blogs and I post more frequently on the other.
  2. Naming Your Poetry Blog and Selecting a URL/Web Address: You will want to think carefully about the web address (URL) and title of your blog. You want to make sure that they both include the word poetry or poems. This is for search engine optimization. You also want to make it something interesting and easy to remember and make it relevant to what most of your blog posts will be about. If you will be focused on a specific niche of poetry then make sure your URL and blog title include the niche topic keyword e.g. Your URL could be: love-poetry-by-Your-Name.blogspot.com and the Blog title could be: Romantic Love Poetry by Your Name. If you want to make your poetry blog more general you may want to leave out your name in the URL and blog Title.
  3. Hyphens versus Underscores for URLs: Another tip for your blog URL is to use hyphens to separate the words versus underscores e.g. love-poetry-by-Your-Name.blogspot.com versus love_poetry_by_Your_Name.blogspot.com. Hyphens are more search engine friendly than underscores. This also applies to selecting URLs for HubPages and Squidoo which we will cover in a later section of the make money writing poetry series.
  4. Keyword Research: In the following section I will explain how to use basic free keyword research for your blog. You will want to apply keyword research when selecting a blog niche, URL and blog title.

Section Two: Use Keyword Research When Writing Online

A common mistake made by many writers is writing about topics that they are passionate about versus writing about popular topics. While I hate to curtail creative freedom, you will have to keep the popularity of the topic in mind if you intend to make money writing online. The best way to find out what topics are popular is to use keyword research. Now note that popular is not necessarily equal to profitable, a topic may be popular but have no willing buyers, however, at the very least it will draw traffic to your blog. In this section I cover very basic keyword research that I have learned from reading a ton of internet marketing e-books and search engine optimization tips. All of the keyword research tools mentioned in this section are free and easy to use.

How to Do Basic Free Keyword Research

1. Free Keyword Research Tools that you can use: Google AdWords Keyword tool and Free Keywords Word Tracker. Both of these keyword tools give you search statistics but are also good for giving you ideas for keywords and niches that you may not have thought of.

2. Basic rules of thumb in determining popular search terms/keywords:

  • More than 6000 searches per month which translates to more than 200 searches daily. You want to look at the global monthly search volume for the Google AdWords Keyword tool which tells you the average searches per month over a recent 12 month period for a specific keyword. Free Keywords tracker can give you approximate daily searches for a keyword. Note that they will not match since these tools use very different methods to gather data. My personal preference is the Adwords tool.
  • Do an Optimized Google Search on Google.com: This means typing your search term in double quotation marks in the Google search box e.g. “love poems.” This will tell you how popular your search term is, more search results means it’s more popular. It will also tell you how profitable your search term is, if you see Google ads there is money in that search term since someone is actually paying for ads for it. Lastly it will tell you how competitive your search term is the more the search results the harder it is for you to land on page one or two of Google for that search term. Usually with less than 10,000 Google search results it is easier to land on page one of Google, however, with more than 10,000 it can be relatively difficult. What you may then want to do is once in a while differentiate your main keyword by adding another word e.g. instead of just love poems use passionate love poems as your keyword.



Section Three: How to Use the Results of Your Keyword Research to Make Money Blogging and Draw Traffic to Your Blog.

  1. Always use keyword research when you are writing material that you will use to draw traffic or to make money online.
  2. Use Keyword Research to select your blog niche, blog title and blog URL. Preferably you want to select popular AND profitable keyword terms.
  3. Use keyword research to select blog topic posts and write blog posts or poems based on profitable and popular keywords.
  4. If you already have a collection of poems for your blog posts package them such that they fall into a profitable keyword niche.
  5. Make sure you include the main keyword at the beginning of the title of your blog post (so that it will show in the URL of the blog post) e.g. A Sad Love Poem by Your Name: Love Lost. Keep in mind that for branding purposes, keyword research and search engine optimization, the poem niche and your name are more important than the title of the poem.
  6. Make sure that you include your main keyword in the body of your blog post and in the tags. You should also try to include related popular keywords.
  7. Once in a while do a brief introductory write-up as part of your poem posts, i.e. do not just post a poem. This gives you an opportunity to increase your main keyword count and thus makes it easier for search engines and hence traffic to find you. For example you can write the following intro: “This love poem was inspired by a love affair I had in college. Like many love poems……I hope you enjoy reading my sad love poem about my first love.”
  8. Italicize or bold your main keywords for search engine optimization.
  9. If possible hyperlink your main keyword to a related link. Search engines look for bold, italicized and linked keywords.
  10. If you have more than one paragraph in your blog post include your main keyword in the paragraph headings and bold your headings.
  11. Never include keywords which are not related to your blog posts this turns people off.
  12. Whenever you write a poem related to a specific popular topic make sure you include the topic keyword so that your blog will get indexed by search engines for that topic. E.g. each time you write a love poem ensure you include the word love poem in the blog post title, blog post body and blog post tags.


Section 4: How to Earn Money from your Poetry Blog

There are a number of ways in which people make money blogging. The success and profitability of the money-making method employed depends on the amount and type of visitors that your blog gets. It also depends on your own initiative and marketing skills. If your blog attracts a low volume of traffic but buying visitors you may want to focus on affiliate marketing and selling your own products versus focusing on Google Adsense. If you have a high traffic blog you may want to include Adsense and even attempt to sell advertising space on your blog. Once you build up a following for your poetry, you will definitely want to look at creating your own poetry art products (such as poetry books, poetry gifts and greeting cards) and selling them on your blog. Later sections of the make money writing poetry series will cover ways in which you can earn extra income from selling your poetry products. You must always keep your core audience/market in mind no matter which method you choose to make money blogging. Always think of who the visitors to your blog are, what they would like to read (your blog content) and what they would like to buy or need to buy (the products that you will offer for sale on your blog). Initially you can actually try all of the blog monetization methods outlined below then narrow down to the one which is most profitable for you.

1. Google Adsense: Google Adsense is one of the most popular methods people use to make money blogging. You earn money when people click Google Ads on your blog. You have to apply for a Google Adsense account and once you are approved you can add Google ads to any of your websites or blogs that comply with their policies. Google Adsense is also one of the ways in which you can make money writing at HubPages (which will be covered in a later section of the make money writing poetry series). Applying for Google Adsense is especially easy if you have a Blogger blog. Make sure you apply after you have a few relevant blog posts.

2. Sell Advertising Space: If you have enough traffic to your blog then you can make money by selling advertising space on your blog. If you are good at sales and have a reasonable target audience then you can approach companies and sell to them advertising space on your blog. You can also put a link in the sidebar of your blog for the sale of advertising space. Please make sure you check the rules for the blogging platform that you are using to see if they allow you to sell advertising space.

3. Sell Your Poetry Books and Poetry Products on Your Blog: You can use your poetry blog to market and sell your poetry books, your poetry products or any other products that you create. Personally, the largest share of my blogging revenue comes from selling my own products and the second largest share from selling affiliate products.

4. Affiliate Marketing Selling Other Peoples Products: You can sell company products or other people’s products and get paid a commission for each sale that you make. You can put links and banners to relevant products in the sidebar of your blog or within your blog posts. Text links and product images tend to be better for making sales than banners. Once again you want to think about who your readership is and market products that would be relevant to them. Since you are running a poetry blog think of products that people who visit a poetry blog would be interested in. Most people who enjoy poetry love reading, so books are a good bet, they also tend to enjoy art so you may want to sell art as well. Alternatively you may want to focus on affiliate products related to your poetry niche topic. For example if your blog or blog post is about love poems you may want to market romantic gift products. Here are the links to some good affiliate programs for blogs:

Amazon.com which sells books and just about everything else, and which you can also use to make money on HubPages (which will be covered in a later section of the make money writing poetry series).

Allposters.com has an art affiliate program which enables you to sell poetry related products like art and poetry posters and which also provides you with a source of images for your blog posts. I always post an image when I post a poem, sometimes it is my own art and at other times it is a poster or art print from Allposters.com with a link to buy the poster.

Zazzle.com In a later section of the make money writing poetry series I will discuss how you can use Zazzle.com to create and sell your own poetry art products. However, you can also make money with their affiliate program which enables you to make a commission selling products created by other poets and artists.

Affiliate Networks Last but not least if you want the flexibility of choosing from a variety of affiliate programs then join affiliate networks like LinkShare that allow you to choose from a wide variety of affiliate programs.

That is the conclusion of part one of how to make money writing poetry. Hopefully, you have enough information to start making money from your poetry. In future sections of the make money writing poetry series I will cover how to make money writing poetry on HubPages and Squidoo and how to make money from poetry art products, poetry gifts and greeting cards.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Some useful and interesting advice.

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      Vaio 2 years ago

      Yes, Harvey, Andrew Johnston's book is terrific. The only thing is it doesn't icldune his stunning double sestina on the death of his own father called The Sunflower. Now that would be a poem to quote from...

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      Ryllah 2 years ago

      Hi Harv & Mary (Andrew Llew here) It could be that Sue's got the wrong title and/or the wrong poet - I pretty much lekood through all Hunt's collections yesterday & it's not one of the well known "Dad" poems anyway. Feeling is that it appeared in the Listener & was maybe 6 or so lines long.But I have a suspicion that the funeral is past now so either they found it, or another suitable one.Let's hope I have no more need for funeral poems for a while. It gets tiresome.

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      Ram 2 years ago

      Thanks Dan Kerry! I am pumped up and ready to add a new goal in the cniomg weeks inspired by Kerry's blog and Gina Carey's Baby Got Backstory post. I will add a reading goal to my check-ins once I figure out what I can lay my hands on.

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      Mohan T 4 years ago

      Nice and informative piece.

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      allsynergy 5 years ago from Finland

      Nice article. I found out that hubpages or similar sites don't need my articles about helping others or personal development (because I also write them to my own blog... slight change or more information is not likely good enough to make them original enough here.. might seems like dublicate posting).

      So I likely will use hubpages to develop my poetry skills. Don't want to abandon this great place just because I want my wordpress blog at helpsynergy.org to be main blogging site... I use that to my help-articles/personal development -articles then.... and write poems here.

      Not to get money really... just to develop myself. But it's always nice to hear that you might get some money even by creating poetry. So it was nice to read your informative article :D

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

      Wow! Excellent and informative. Good job!!

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      John Crowley 5 years ago from Sheffield

      Food for thought here. Thanks.

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      Moyra 5 years ago

      Hi Artista, thanks glad you found it helpful I do intend to write the followup articles just can't seem to get the time. Hopefully I can finish them all off before the end of this year and post them. All the best.

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      Artista 5 years ago

      Hi, I really enjoyed this article; it was very clear and illustrative; thank you! Hope you will write the followup some day.

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      Interesting article. More than I can take in at one reading.

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      Moyra 5 years ago

      Hi Mery thanks and glad you found the article helpful.

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      Mery 5 years ago

      It has been a very interesting and useful post. Thank you so much!!

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      Moyra 5 years ago

      Hi Brittany thanks and glad to be of help.

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      Brittany 5 years ago

      Thank you this information was so helpful

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      Moyra 6 years ago

      Hi Fujoshicat and Ashantina. Thanks for the comments and glad you found the hub helpful. Fujoshicat I agree this hub is not just for poets. I hope other artists find it useful.

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      Ashantina 6 years ago

      v well researched. thanks for sharing :)

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      fujoshicat 6 years ago from California

      Very useful hub. I don't write poetry, but this hub presents good ideas and resources for monetizing any type of creative writing or art blog. Thanks!

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      Moyra 6 years ago

      Hi WhizKid you have some talent. I like this thanks :-)

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      WhizKid 6 years ago

      Moyra,

      You are so Inspirational,

      So Motivational,

      Sharing Love Unconditional,

      Poetry and Money, rotational.

      Don't remain here,

      U are so dear,

      All I Care,

      Is for u to get there.

      Wish U life's best,

      In your poetry quest,

      Keep on the Crest,

      Of Art and Poetry for your teeming guests.

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      Moyra 6 years ago

      Hi "Poemwriters" thank-you for your insightful comment. Yes, I did write this hub from my personal experience. I agree that the reason for writing does play a crucial factor. The best mix is when you are able to write out of passion and still make money.

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      Poemwriters 6 years ago

      Overall, you have many good points in this endeavor to earn money off a poem blog. It's obvious that you have either done a great deal of research and reading or you tried this yourself. Your comments on SEO makes sense, however it depends on the reason that you are writing the poetry. I guess this is more geared to a mature poet or someone that can be very strategic in their posting. Thanks for sharing this hub!

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      Moyra 6 years ago

      Hi "Minnetonka Twin" and "hillymillydee" I am glad you found the information helpful and all the best in making money from your poetry.

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      hillymillydee 6 years ago from Canada

      hello Moyra,

      I really love your article, it's very helpful for me. I'm starting to make poems but I dont have enough knowledge on how to make money out of it. I am doing a lot of reading but I found your information is the best

      Thanks a lot

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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Great information and greatly appreciated. I am going to bookmark this for sure. Nice job.

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      Moyra 6 years ago

      Hi Sulthana (beautiful name) glad to be of help and good luck in making money from your poetry.

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      Sulthana Begum 6 years ago

      That was a very useful and succinct summary - thank you for sharing your knowledge Moyra! I hope to implement what I've learned here at some point. :)

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      Moyra 7 years ago

      Hi "Free Poems" thanks and glad you found the hub useful.

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      Free Poems 7 years ago

      Very usefull motivating article guys,thanks alot!

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      Moyra 7 years ago

      Hi Blake thanks for the encouraging comment. Hopefully this hub has been helpful to my fellow poet-hubbers.

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      Blake Ford Hall 7 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings

      This is a very good hub. I find it unique as far as I can tell, NOONE has done a poetry related hub on using adsense. You set a new bar. Thanx for doing your best and then some. Blake4d

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      philip carey 61 7 years ago

      That's a good idea, actually. Yes, self promotion is somehow not what I like doing. One wants to be recognized without honking the horn all day, as it were.

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      Moyra 7 years ago

      Hi Philip thanks for the comment. Personally I find self-promotion and marketing the least appealing part of been an upcoming artist. Would love to be at the point where my work sells itself or I can pay someone to do it. If you get the time would love to read a hub with some tips on what you know about self-promotion from your experience in the music industry.

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      philip carey 61 7 years ago

      Like all art, once you reach a certain level, it's all about marketing yourself. I worked in the music industry, and every successful artist will talk about the need to self-promote.

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      Moyra 7 years ago

      Hi Alice thanks for the encouraging comment. I needed to hear that today.

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      AliceFSpencer 7 years ago from Texas

      I enjoyed your post, stay motivated !

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      Moyra 7 years ago

      Hi Jess and Invictus thanks for the comments. I hope you can both make some money from the info. I have read both of you's poems and they are quite good so all the best. I need to get around to writing and posting the other sections in this series.

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      I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s 7 years ago

      great info, thanks!

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      Jess Killmenow 7 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      Wow, this is such a great article, I'm going to bookmark it right now!